The Coronavirus Explained & What You Should Do

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A huge thanks to the experts who helped us on short notice with the video. Especially “Our World in Data”, the online publication for research and data on the world’s largest problems - and how to make progress solving them. Check out their site. It also includes a constantly updated page on the Corona Pandemic.
In December 2019 the Chinese authorities notified the world that a virus was spreading through their communities. In the following months it spread to other countries, with cases doubling within days. This virus is the “Severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus 2”, that causes the disease called COVID19, and that everyone simply calls Coronavirus.
What actually happens when it infects a human and what should we all do?
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  • Phew. That might have been the fastest we ever made a video. Literally working day and night. A huge challenge in talking about Corona was that the science is ongoing. So we put in extra special care to have good sources for this video and will update them in the coming weeks and months. Check them out here: We could not have made this video without experts who took time in one of the busiest periods of their own careers. A huge thanks especially to Dr James Gurney and Dr Max Roser of Our World in Data for helping us make sure the video was as accurate as it could be in a situation that is changing daily. Also a big shoutout to - the online publication for research and data on the world’s largest problems - and how to make progress solving them. Check out their site. It also includes a constantly updated page on the Corona Pandemic. Working together with them over the years has been a delight. Ok. We are very tired and are going to take a nap now. Stay healthy!

    Kurzgesagt – In a NutshellKurzgesagt – In a NutshellPred 9 dnevi
    • brilliant work as usual. Love the animations & clear, concise explanations. Well done team!

      The Tik-Tok ManThe Tik-Tok ManPred 4 dnevi
    • boost.

      ABetterWeaponABetterWeaponPred 7 dnevi
    • Hey! Great video! I'm a Physical Therapist in Brazil and your video is one of the best out there because provides useful and accurate information in such short video. Is there a way of you releasing this video in other languages as well? Thanks!

      Rodrigo PyRodrigo PyPred 9 dnevi
    • Great job.! Probably the best Covid-19 video out there...

      Ching Wei XionChing Wei XionPred 9 dnevi
    • Nicely done

      Legendary 44Legendary 44Pred 9 dnevi

    Gabriel MutecaGabriel MutecaPred 10 urami
  • So in a nutshell the accent of the narrator is quite calming!! Yea c'mon SLproject reccomend this to everyone

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  • I Suggest to translate this great video to all major languages in the world. I can help with Arabic Translation.

    Faisal AlameeriFaisal AlameeriPred 10 urami
  • Narrator: Wash your hands!!! Bird: *Licks the window* Me: Wat

    Emma jiangEmma jiangPred 10 urami
  • Good video for Learning And Indetification.

    Asep RohmandarjuaraAsep RohmandarjuaraPred 10 urami
  • No to global lockdown or social distancing. The biologically strong will inherit the earth. The coronavirus only kills the biologically weak.

    h8x0n h8x0nh8x0n h8x0nPred 11 urami
  • The World Health Organization study have shown that Toilet Paper does NOT CURE the COVID-19 virus. So, STOP HOARDING IT!!! 😡😡😂😂

    noonenoonePred 11 urami
  • Roughly 10,000 have died in the span of the last 2 months. In the last 10 days 20,000 have died. In the words of cardi b, coronavarrus shit is getting real

    ShanebagelShanebagelPred 11 urami
  • It's not much more dangerous than the flu... it's different than the flu and a bit more dangerous than the flu. If you can diet and exercise strictly you'll be fine but most Americans can't do that therefore it's strength is strictly due to our weakness... bottom line... we have to be fear-stricken in order to give up our freedoms and rights so big brother can bully us into oblivion... 🙂

    Amgad SuliemanAmgad SuliemanPred 11 urami
  • petition to make this in a anime "cells at work" but with a new episode calling "Corona WHAT?!"

    ANI ME!!ANI ME!!Pred 11 urami
  • Report text: A virus is really just a hull around genetic material and few proteins, arguably not even a living thing. this corona virus can only multiply by entering living things. Corona can also stick to everyday items, but not yet known, this virus can survive until when there. its playing mode of spread is thought to be due to the liquid that spurts during coughing or flu. or when you touch someone who is sick, then you touch your face, for example your eyes and nose. the purpose of the corona virus is digestion, lymph, lung. The lungs are surrounded by billions of epithelial cells which are the outer cells of your body lining your organs. the mucosa is waiting to be infected. the corona is connected to specific receptors on the victim's membrane to inject genetic material. Corona virus attacks the body's immunity, confusing the immune system. corona makes infected cells overreact and causes immune system chaos and sends more immune cells than needed, thus wasting resources and causing damage. there are 2 types of cells that destroy, the first is called neutrophils. These cells are very good at killing pathogens, including healthy cells, once they come together and spread enzymes that destroy many friends and foes. the second cell, called killer T cells, usually orders infected cells to self-control. And patients need a ventilator to survive. The immune system's been working hard for weeks. And build a million antiviral weapons. And the thousands of bacteria that broke through quickly made the immune system overwhelmed. Bacteria invade the blood and invade the body. If this happens then death will be possible. Corona virus often compared to flu virus. But it's actually more dangerous. Certain death rates are unclear during pandemics. We believe that this is highly contagious and spreading faster than the flu. There are two estimates for a pandemic like a corona, sooner or later. We'll watch it depending on how we deal with it at the onset of aggression. A quick pandemic would be terrifying and cost many lives. Slow pandemics will not be remembered by the history books. The bad scenario for a fast pandemic starts with a fast contagion rate because it has no countermeasures to slow it down. Why is this so bad? Because in a rapid pandemic a lot of people are going to get sick at the same time. Any excess health care facilities will be overwhelmed to overcome. Resources won't be enough like a health staff or equipment like a ventilator left to help everyone. Someone will die unmanageable and as long as the medical personnel get sick. The capacity of the health system will fall even further. If this is real then bad decisions have to be made. Who are supposed to live and who isn't. The number of deaths increased. General clasification: In December 2019, the Chinese state announced that a virus had spread in their country. the following month, the virus spreads to several countries which caused more casualties every day. this virus is SAR CORV which causes Covid 19 disease, people call it Corona Virus. Description: 1.The corona's virus could only thrive by inserting living things. 2.The corona virus can either land or cling to objects and to what extent it remains unknown. 3.The corona virus can spread from a flu or cough medium, and then when you touch your face, it can spread and enter your body. 4.The corona virus invades the immune, which causes the immune system to deteriorate. 5.The corona virus is often likened to a flu virus, but the corona virus is far more dangerous. 6.There are two forecasts for the corona virus pandemic, which is sooner or later. Therefore, we must try to slow the spread of the corona virus. 7.Washing hands and keeping your distance from others is the solution to slowing the spread of this virus. NAME. : BAGUS BUDI BOWO LEKSONO CLASS. : X IPS 2 NUMBER: 05

    bagus budi bowo leksonobagus budi bowo leksonoPred 11 urami
  • U r the Best Knowledge YT

    止水冰狼止水冰狼Pred 11 urami
  • Fermi Paradoxon: Why do I hear boss music?

  • Why the toilet paper??????????

    omnivore gainsomnivore gainsPred 12 urami
  • Huge respect to you for making this video in a shortest period of time.

    John.DJohn.DPred 12 urami
  • “Let’s fix this with a controlled shock” *plz no hate*

    SercuteYTSercuteYTPred 12 urami
  • Thank you for the very easy-to-understand explanation

    頑人頑人Pred 12 urami
    • short time!

      zijuiy wttuyzijuiy wttuyPred 12 urami
  • i love your vids soooooo helpful

    YoMaazYoMaazPred 12 urami
    • Weeks of watching news almost 24/7 and I still learned more about the virus itself within an 8 ½min kurzgesagt video. Thank you very much and great work, especially for this

      zijuiy wttuyzijuiy wttuyPred 12 urami
  • hi, this is New WORLD Order plan = Genocide , Forget the Life you know ! = all in a massive prison at home = violation Human rights !

    ecryptoMillionaire KecryptoMillionaire KPred 12 urami

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  • i think you've done some real good here guys, congrats :D. and maybe even more of a name.

    skyblade bloodheartskyblade bloodheartPred 12 urami
  • The only problem we have with washing our hands is they get all dry then our skin starts cracking then you put on lotion then those problems go away.

    Angry spider RobotAngry spider RobotPred 12 urami
  • corona corona corona corona corona corona !!!!!!! 1. wash your hand 2. don't touch me 3. wear a mask 4. DON'T TOUCH ME!!!!

    pencil girlpencil girlPred 12 urami
  • Hi Sir Do You Have Any Plan About Making Any Video About fungi ?

    Baykuş OynuyorBaykuş OynuyorPred 12 urami
  • I like the monkeys holding the toilet paper.

    Mandy BrooksMandy BrooksPred 12 urami
  • Nem todos entendem o inglês. As legendas que colocaram, em português são ínfimas e, as pessoas idosas leem muito vagarosamente, portanto não conseguiriam ler as legendas em tempo. Há uma versão traduzia/falada em Português, porém @Kurgesagt não autoriza a sua publicação, no Facebook, por exemplo. Se tivéssemos autorização de publicação, inclusive no Facebook, este vídeo teria um alcance muito maior e seria muito mais útil à população... creio, inclusive, que este seja o real objetivo ao desenvolvê-lo, não!?

    Rute Vera Maria FaveroRute Vera Maria FaveroPred 12 urami
  • A bunch of stuff fighting for my well being just makes me feel special

    The FBIThe FBIPred 13 urami

    caitlin tiopiracaitlin tiopiraPred 13 urami
  • Awesome, easily understood, understandable by most. Hope more see this.

    7alrichardson7alrichardsonPred 13 urami
  • So it went airborne and blew in the winds and went overseas from country to country etc affecting everyone it touches.

    1-UP1-UPPred 13 urami
  • はたらく細胞かと錯覚した

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  • _oh look, I accidentally clicked on plague inc... _*_WAIT THAT'S GOOGLE MAPS_*

    BitGamer 99BitGamer 99Pred 13 urami
  • How do viruses know where to hit to kill?

    John RhoadesJohn RhoadesPred 14 urami
  • Weeks of watching news almost 24/7 and I still learned more about the virus itself within an 8 ½min kurzgesagt video. Thank you very much and great work, especially for this short time!

    Tom ForstmannTom ForstmannPred 14 urami
  • So looks like we're having a fast pandemic?

    belle.kbelle.kPred 14 urami
  • Your grandad saving the world World war 2 You saving the world WaShInh YoUr HaNDs 😂😂

    Macayle OwasuahMacayle OwasuahPred 14 urami
  • How many babies will be conceived during this quarantine I wonder? 😁 A lot of people be home making tiktoks, drinking alcohol, and banging.

    I Tell You What PodcastI Tell You What PodcastPred 14 urami
  • Ven a Cristo hoy

    Franklin FernandezFranklin FernandezPred 14 urami
  • We're on the path for a fast pandemic :(

    Galactic KittyGalactic KittyPred 14 urami
  • This video should have included more detailed information about about pandemic spread. It is incorrect to call things good or bad without any data to support that claim.

    Désiré PoëymirouDésiré PoëymirouPred 14 urami
  • This video has saved thousands if not millions of lives. Thank you.

    Mark MemijeMark MemijePred 14 urami
  • The fight against unknown viruses has only just begun. The generalization can be done after it is over. First, don't spread infected people. I think it is important to focus on human resources for medical care for seriously ill people. It turns out that there is a difference in the symptoms even when infected. I think that the point is that people with mild symptoms can tolerate at home to prevent spread.

    ぶびんぐぶびんぐPred 14 urami
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="449">7:29</a> ---i--

    justin xiierujustin xiieruPred 15 urami
  • Nobody from 🇬🇷?

    Rtehg HsjsvRtehg HsjsvPred 15 urami
  • Wait a second...They mentioned cornovirus so isn't this video demotized?

    Roshan ChuwanRoshan ChuwanPred 15 urami
  • It is fun I love not going to school

    TheGavinPlayz50 YTTheGavinPlayz50 YTPred 15 urami
  • 🇾🇦🇷🇦🇰

    İ_zlemeyi arzul_aİ_zlemeyi arzul_aPred 15 urami
  • Is this in spanish any where i need my hispanic people to hear this!

    Monica CalderonMonica CalderonPred 15 urami
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="52">0:52</a> WHAT IS THIS?

    Ahmed MouradAhmed MouradPred 15 urami
  • Those bird animations are cute af

    Dernier ErgenekonDernier ErgenekonPred 15 urami
  • People say that coronavirus isnt that bad because Flu is worse at my school. Im pretty sure its worse because we dont have a vaccine?

    PolarPeedPolarPeedPred 16 urami
  • Why don't you change your name to "in a nutshell". Kutzgezard is sooo difficult with SEO

    TommyTommyPred 16 urami
  • While in Brazil, the president says that is only a "litle flu", and that everybody can back to work. We Brazilian people have a child in the government playing with us.

    Bruno BergerBruno BergerPred 16 urami
  • WELL...

    Nicolas CarbajalNicolas CarbajalPred 16 urami
  • Engelska också hur tänkte du där????

    mick greenmick greenPred 16 urami
  • Oi eu não rcsbproteinDatabank

    izequiel pedrosoizequiel pedrosoPred 16 urami
  • Guys I found a cure! Just breath in soap!

    Dennis FloresDennis FloresPred 16 urami
  • Very well built bio-weapon

    Mike CMWMike CMWPred 17 urami
  • We have a vaccine

    LuukPlayzLuukPlayzPred 17 urami
  • Thank you, thank you, thank you! This a perfect, brief explanation to share with my students as they start their learning online! Kurzgesagt pulls through again. :)

    Wendy HendricksonWendy HendricksonPred 17 urami
  • I saw a comment on your Ebola video. It mentioned the arrival of SARS-CoV-2 in the African continent, and joked about how the Ebola virus was immediately rejecting it, as if it would challenge its position. That comment subsequently reminded me of this one episode from the Simpsons where Mr. Burns visits a clinic for an appointment and is diagnosed with every disease known to humanity. According to his diagnosing doctor, he is only alive due to all of said diseases remaining in this specific balance that prevents all of them from continuing their processes of invading the body, a condition apparently termed as Three Stooges Syndrome. My question is, is it realistically possible for anyone to have such a syndrome (excluding name-wise) or something similar to it?

    Republic of TurkeyRepublic of TurkeyPred 17 urami
  • Stay safe guys! Have you considered releasing a French version?

    CaribouOrangeCaribouOrangePred 17 urami
  • Yoooooooooo that new intro though

    MD HossainMD HossainPred 17 urami
  • Guys I have a question: Can Covid-19 patients recatch this disease after recovery or they become immune to it?

    Muhammad Ali RaoMuhammad Ali RaoPred 17 urami
    • they can because only the symptoms from the virus are only being treated because vaccine has not been created yet. if the patient becomes sick again like high fever, or something worse, they'll have no chance of recovering depending on their current immune system

      Fiish DiishFiish DiishPred 11 urami
  • is it so horrible? it doesn't need to be horrible like that, many cases didn't show all these story. we should be careful but not live like everything is fatal

    Tunahan akarsuTunahan akarsuPred 17 urami
  • Basically, you only die if you are either, very young, old, or have AIDS or Hepatitis A,B,C. P.S 30 million people die each year from the flu, less than 125k have died from Covid-19. Its not a big deal.

    Bad Lad GamingBad Lad GamingPred 18 urami
    • False. The flu had about 20 millions of cases and around 60 thousand deaths. Compare that to more than 200 thousand cases of COVID-19 and over 10,000 deaths. The death rate for COVID-19 is much higher. Every video they provide has their sources in description and I highly suggest you take a look at them. This entire pandemic is much more serious than you think.

      ItsOasisItsOasisPred 15 urami
  • This vid needs more views... More like, 8 billion so folks can take this as seriously as it should be taken.

    Nuruddin PetersNuruddin PetersPred 18 urami
  • Ur duck is so cute i dont care about the covid 19 I care about ur duck

    Math with UyMath with UyPred 18 urami
  • your drawing tool can't draw stars?

    Shaw zhangShaw zhangPred 18 urami
  • Thanks a lot for the hard work, it really pays off! You people are awesome!

    Quentin DarrasQuentin DarrasPred 18 urami
  • Fuck this guy

    Yasin KayaYasin KayaPred 18 urami
  • Notice that in the intro, every video the Kurzgesagt team makes, the ape holds something related to the video. In this video, toilet paper. In the cancer video, a mouse. In the milk video, milk. just a tiny detail I noticed. we love u kurzgesagt for putting so much love into what you make :)

    ツsoyツsoyPred 18 urami
  • Covid 19 is just the flu what really is killing us is 5G the goverment is putting more 5g into our air

    Davy WarrenDavy WarrenPred 18 urami
  • Really informative, appreciate your efforts

    pankaj salvepankaj salvePred 19 urami
  • ms rona is getting on my nerves now. Bitch needs to stop.

    Harshaditya YadavHarshaditya YadavPred 19 urami
  • You can literally search up any 3 letters and a disease will pop up

    Brad FredBrad FredPred 19 urami
  • Any anti vaxxers want to chime in now after you see what happens when there is a highly contagious and deadly disease that there is no vaccines for ? ?

    Ch 17Ch 17Pred 19 urami
  • It looks like it's a fast one at least in the US

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  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="134">2:14</a> the dude at the top left doesn't fk around. None of them do, but he of all

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